The Mind's Eye: Picture as Narrative in Thomas Hardy's 'A Pair of Blue Eyes'

Keywords: perception, scene, picture, Thomas Hardy, mind's eye, narrative


This paper focuses on Thomas Hardy’s A Pair of Blue Eyes in discussing certain peculiarities of narration. The numerous descriptions of people and scenes in the book are examined as basic building blocks used by the architecturally trained novelist to carry vital narrative information. This decision is approached by way of utilising ideas from the realms of phenomenology, cinema and photographic theory to prove that in addition to carrying aesthetic merits, Hardy’s descriptions are intricate data containers that reflect how the human mind processes experience.

Author Biography

Dimitar Karamitev, Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Dimitar Karamitev, MA, is a PhD student and a part-time assistant at the Faculty of Languages and Literature, Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His current research interests concern the balance between historicity and fictionality in the novels of Thomas Hardy, as well as the interplay between literature and visual arts.


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How to Cite
Karamitev, D. (2021). The Mind’s Eye: Picture as Narrative in Thomas Hardy’s ’A Pair of Blue Eyes’. English Studies at NBU, 7(2), 261-273.
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